At the beginning of 2017, a social welfare reform will direct a steady stream of people from municipal welfare offices towards their local Social Insurance Institution (Kela) service points. In the spring, the government decided in its framework budget talks that Kela will take over making decisions on basic income support.
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Kela to handle income support
The reform has been on the cards for a long time and will concern almost 400,000 people receiving income support and hundreds of social welfare and Kela officials.